Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hobonichi Planner Doodles

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Have you ever noticed that the planning
for and anticipation of an event is 
half the fun?  I agreed to do a
Doodle Demo at a Planner Event
in Columbus, Ohio
last week. I really had no idea what
to expect...

I made four posters with doodle designs
penciled in, so I could easily see the steps
to go through as I demonstrated. How nervous
would I be? Would anyone even want to try?
So happy that the group was enthusiastic
to try drawing!  I confessed that many of the
designs were straight from Pinterest (though
the Pins don't always give you a step-by-step) 

The coffee icons were fun to do, but most of us
agreed that we make it at home. One person
asked about tea, and I did have a tea bag
drawing example to show! A couple of people
were delighted by the coffee and toast
doodles that I draw from breakfast. Toast 
is pretty easy to draw...

I think the really important part of the 
Toast Doodle is 'dropping down' those little
lines at each rounded corner to create the
 'thickness' of the toast. Add a few 
lines to suggest the crust, a few dots
 to suggest the texture of the bread,
 and add color. It's gonna be 
pretty small in your planner, and it's not a
fine art piece. It's just for fun! I did add a 
couple little shadows in the last step with
gray watercolor. (make sure the shadows on
each item are on the same side)
And I'm ok with wonky and sketchy!

I feel that I need some new purple watercolor.
I'm not a fan of purple to begin with, and 
mixing it with the colors I have seems to
really dull the hue and look muddy. I need a
'bluer' version of purple. I thought the violets
and the lavender just aren't the right color.
But I can live with it.

Above, is what happens when I'm behind
in my daily journaling. I make
 notes on the page about what happened
that day, what got done, what didn't.
 The drawings might come later. 
Doodles may get added in later also-
even weeks later if I spot a blank space
that I think needs filled.

I hope you will try making some coffee
-or tea- doodles today. Thanks for stopping
by. Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth
for our weekly T party. Join us for a
beverage and a chat!

P.S.  I think this might be a new record for the 
number of cups in one post...how many did you see?

♥ ♥ ♥

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hobonichi Flowers and Snow

Flowers are blooming in my
Hobonichi planner this month.

But the actual weather in Ohio has
still been cold. Mother nature is fickle.

We are really tired of snow...

I'm working on another project this month:
International Fake Journal Month.
to see what my fake character is

Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth
for T Tuesday. The vintage coffee cup is
a lot smaller than the mugs from which
 I usually drink my coffee and tea! 
What beverage are you drinking today?

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Tuesday Tea and Techo

Showing some drawings in my 
Hobonichi Techo (planner) again.
Featuring some drawings of lamps,
because it's dark and rainy here in
Ohio today!  

The March Hobonichi Challenge was
 "Around the House."  Above, I've drawn our 
refrigerator which is covered with lots 
of photos, notes, and drawings by
 grandchildren, as I suspect
may be the case in other homes also.
By necessity it's simplified, as the 
drawing is about 1 1/2 inches high.

Our family enjoyed a very nice Easter
gathering and feast at my parents'
home. Always thankful when family
gets together. Loved the label from the
fresh pineapple that I bought for my
Easter fruit bowl! Maybe it's a bit 
weird to have Avengers on the page 
for Easter, but no stranger than Snow
on Easter!  Mother Nature had to 
'spring' an April Fool joke on us
I guess...

I hope you will visit my other blog,
to follow along in April for my
Fake Journal this year!

Linking up for T Tuesday over at
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog.
Stop by for a great tutorial about
rusting fabric!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hobonichi Flip Through

Attempting to share a short video
of February's pages today...
Click on the highlighted link above
to view. click on the video box that
comes up to view full screen.

Several days of rain predicted for Ohio
this week, ugh.  Hoping to avoid more
flooding!  Is it Spring yet? oh yeah, the
first day of Spring was when we had our
last Winter Storm Warning!  

I hope things are brightening up where
you are.  If you counted 5 coffee cups
last week, you got it right by the way!

Linking up for Tea Tuesday over
at Bleubeard and Elizabeth's
blog, Altered Book Lover.  Join us
for a beverage and a chat. 
Maybe even some mischief or 
some art creation...you never know.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hobonichi Life: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

In February, we drove to Panama City Beach,
Florida, with my parents.

The weather was heavenly. It's the first time
since we started visiting there, that I didn't 
have to wear my winter coat on the beach!

Despite a few little inconveniences (like
the false fire alarm at 12:30 am at night)
we had a wonderful time.

I never tire of looking at the waves,
hearing their splash onto the beach,
and watching the sandpipers scurry
away from the beach walkers.

Road construction in front of the condo
made things interesting, but since we 
were able to drop off my parents (in their 80's)
at the door and then park in the garage,
 it worked out just fine.

I am fascinated by the shapes of the palm
trees, but never really got a chance to do
any detailed sketches this year. Doodles
had to suffice...

A safe trip home at the end of the month,
but our homecoming was a rude 
awakening. Water in our basement!
Lots of it.

So we spent several days drying out the 
basement.  And it was full of stuff. That smelled.
(At least it was all ground water, no sewage)
So a dumpster was in order to remove and
dispose of as much as possible. 

It's sad throwing away baby clothes and toys.
Really, it would have been better to donate
them as soon as the kids outgrew them,
but I tend to hang onto things long after
I need them. So, I tell myself this is a 
blessing in disguise. The basement looks a 
lot better now, insurance covered new 
appliances and a sump pump with battery
back-up. What a big job, though...

I got a lot of exercise going up and down
the steps, and there has been some sunshine!
Hmmm...while I'm in the sort, clean, recycle
mode, I should do the rest of the closets/house!

Joining my T-Tuesday buddies over at 
Altered Book Lover's blog for a
beverage and a chat. Join us!
 ♣ ♣ ♣
How many coffee/tea mugs did you
see in this post? 
It's almost time for 
International Fake Journal Month!
Visit my fake journal blog here
to learn more. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Mail Art

Mail art received from Kristine
in Denmark! Beautiful green leaves
stenciled onto cardboard, then green
duct tape to create a sturdy envelope.

Inside was this beautiful dried leaf
with white painted dots, and a quote:
"Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead
has never watched them dancing
on a windy day."
~ Shia Tamir

So pretty, and just what I needed on the
winter day that I received it! Thank you Kristine!

In return, I've sent...

...yes, two envelopes. One inside the other.
Inspired by the style of Nick Bantock's art work
 from the book series "Griffin and Sabine."
Includes stamping, drawing, labels,
colored pencil, reinforcement circles,
and a bird image from an old magazine.

Postcard inside the second envelope

I love Bantock's seemingly random, exotic images
juxtaposed with each other.  Since I had 
used watercolors on this postcard, I knew
it wasn't safe to send through the mail 
system 'naked.' And getting to decorate a second
 envelope was fun too! Across the bottom
 of the postcard I used some images from my Ohio petroglyphs research, done for a
It's really fun to get art in the mail!
 I recommend it!

Back of postcard with images and faux postage

Joining up for T Tuesday,
a beverage and a chat...


Monday, February 12, 2018

Wheels, Food and Beverages

We recently visited a sports bar/restaurant
 called The Wicked Wheel. The menu was
called the 'Owner's Manual.' The d├ęcor is
themed around wheels...
especially motorcycles!

Had to take a photo of the 'rocking
You could even sit astride a motorcycle at
the bar, if you didn't mind being a little far away
from your beverage...
I think maybe the fellow in the dune buggy
had overstayed his welcome!

There were fabulous examples of various
brands of vintage gasoline pumps. I didn't
want to annoy the other patrons by going
around snapping more photos, so just took
this one near the front door.
James Dean seemed to think the vintage
bicycle was quite amusing. Why would
anyone ride a bike when you can ride
a motorcycle?
The food and service were excellent,
even on Super Bowl Sunday!
good times with family...

Linking up for Bleubeard and Elizabeth's
Tea Tuesday blog hop. Click the link and
join us for a 'drink related' post.